Norway will probably receive vaccine doses that can be used against monkeypox later this summer, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) stated on Tuesday.
“We have not received the doses yet, but will probably receive them later this summer. The FHI is also in the process of completing its guidelines on how the doses should be used in Norway,” Helena Niemi Eide at the FHI informed NTB.
The monkeypox vaccine should be given to people who have been exposed to the virus in an attempt to stop the spread of infection. There is a shortage of the vaccine worldwide, and EU countries have chosen to distribute the doses among themselves based on population.
On Tuesday, the Swedish news agency TT stated that Sweden would receive enough doses for about 1,500 people. The exact number that Norway will receive is still unknown.
“We have received an estimate, but I do not think we will make it public now, given that it may change. But the doses are distributed between all the countries, among other things, based on population, so it will be approximately in the same order of magnitude as what Sweden will receive,” Niemi Eide said.
On Tuesday, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that a total of 44 cases of monkeypox had been detected in Norway.
Until May this year, monkeypox had never caused major outbreaks outside central and western Africa, where the disease has existed for decades.
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